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Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Jacob Obrecht, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Flemish Renaissance composer Jacob Obrecht (c. 1450-1505) is most remembered for thirty-some surviving settings of the ordinary of the Mass and for his motets, many of which have Marian antiphons.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Johannes Ockeghem, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Johannes Ockeghem (c. 1410-1497) is variously accounted to be French or Flemish. This is understandable, due to the changing boundaries in Europe. Among other positions, he was premier chaplain to three French kings. He is most noted for the seeming complexity of his masses.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Jacques Offenbach, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Of German Jewish descent, Jacques Offenbach was born He was born Jacob Eberst in 1819, but his father changed the family name to Offenbach after he had left his home town Offenbach-am-Main and settled in Cologne. He taught himself cello and it remained his instrument of choice throughout his life. Known for most his career for light and humorous music (such as perennial favorite Orpheus in the Underworld and its can-can), he created the opera Tales of Hoffman to showcase his "serious" nature.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Maurice Ohana, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Casablanca-born French composer Maurice Ohana (1914-1992) wrote operatic, choral, vocal, and instrumental works. His style included atonality and microtonalism. He wrote significant harpsichord works and also invested himself in electronic music.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Nkeiru Okoye, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Composer, pianist, and conductor, Nkeiru Okoye (1972-) won her first award for writing music at the age of thirteen, while a student at the Prepatory Division of the Manhattan School of Music. Her music brings together American, West African, and European musical elements.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Pauline Oliveros, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
American composer Pauline Oliveros wrote for and performed on a variety of instruments, ranging from accordian to electronics.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Carl Orff, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
German composer Carl Orff was born in 1895 in Munich in a line of Bavarian military officers. His compositional style changed after he joined the army in 1917. In 1930 he wrote Catulli Carmina I and in 1931 Catulli Carmina II. These were Latin texts for unaccompanied choir. Later, he was appointed conductor to Bach Society of Munich. In the years 1935-36 he wrote Carmina Burana, which was first performed in 1937. Of it, he said, "Everything I have written to date, and which you have, unfortunately, printed, can be destroyed. With Carmina Burana, my collected works begin." Orff died in 1982 and is buried in Andechs, Germany.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Harold Owen, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
American composer Harold Owen was born in 1931 in Los Angeles, California. Along with an academic career centered mainly on the University of Oregon, he has written compositions for chorus, orchestra, wind ensemble, and solos and chamber ensembles, both vocal and instrumental. Many choral, organ, and chamber works are in print. He has won several composition awards and commissions, including a string quartet for the Coleman Chamber Concerts in Los Angeles. An orchestral work, Periaktos was commissioned by the Eugene Symphony and performed in 1978. Among other noted works are his Concerto for Tuba and Wind Ensemble, and a Mass for chorus and two string quartets.
Please submit sites dealing with the life or music of Niall O Callanain, including biographies, discographies, analyses of compositions, or bibliographies.
Irish bouzouki player and composer Niall Ó Callanáin works to give traditional Irish and other Celtic music and instruments new expression in his compositions.
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